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SAS Portal: How to Follow Tweets …

Submitted by on 2011-10-26 – 5:58 AM 5 Comments

SAS Information Delivery Portal allows you to add syndicated channels (RSS feeds) to your site. There are several ways to exploit this ability. You might want to add a blog (ahem, or just have access to the latest tweets.  I’ve used Twitter to make some new friends, learn about some cool links, and recently it did help me confirm it was an earthquake that nearly caused my monitor to topple over. [Follow me: @taanderud]

How would I integrate a tweet?

There are several uses I can imagine for Twitter.  If your company primarily does business to business activity then you may want to create a portal page that generates all the data you have for the Top 10 customers.  You could divide the page so that one side display internal information, such as  graphs/tables  (recent sales, customer support calls, last upgrade, etc)  and on second side place external information, such as tweets or commentary from a blog. If you are already using something like this, please post in the comments so we can all learn some new ideas!

Adding Tweets to the Portal

There are several ways to have the tweets on the SAS Information Delivery Portal: add a link to a current collection, set as a bookmark, place the feed in it’s own portlet, or display the actual Twitter messages.

sas bi portal four ways to use twitter

The first three methods are covered in the SAS docs, so let’s focus on the fourth method, which is the coolest.  

Update Sept 2013: Oops! User just told me that the fourth method is not supported by Twitter any longer.  This post explains more background if you are interested: How to Replace IFTT Twitter Triggers

Analyzing Tweets

John Munoz wrote this blog entry on using SAS to analyze the tweets. He provides a really excellent overview about how to tap into the stream and  even provides the code to help you along.  John rocks!


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Tricia Aanderud

Director of Data Visualization at Zencos Consulting
Tricia Aanderud is a SAS Business Intelligence and Visual Analytics consultant based in Raleigh, NC who works for Zencos Consulting. She has written several books about SAS, presented papers at many SAS conferences, and has been using SAS since 2001. Contact her for assistance with your next project.
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  • Teige says:

    Check that off the list of tinhgs I was confused about.

  • Jaclyn says:

    I like to party, not look artcleis up online. You made it happen.

  • Jaundalynn says:

    Artilecs like this make life so much simpler.

  • Tricia says:

    Great suggestion as usual. I’m sure you code would help pull the data into a dataset where the user could decide how long they want to keep it.


  • Hi Tricia,

    Great article Tricia.

    May I suggest to all of your smart readers out there that they get their Tweet gathering set up quickly. Every day that passes is a day of Twitter data that will be lost forever. Twitter’s API has a short memory as Twitter’s search API allows something like the most recent 3,200 Tweets or 2 weeks of history, that’s it. Anything beyond that window is ancient history to Twitter’s API.

    Keep up the good work!